Police in Myrtle Beach are searching for Brittanee Marie Drexel of Rochester, N.Y who was last seen on Saturday. She had gone with friends to S.C. despite her mother refusing to give her permission to go take the trip leaving apparently after telling her mother she was staying overnight at a friends house last Wednesday. Her mother learned from one of her daughters friends Saturday evening she was in Myrtle Beach.
A friend at Camp Lejune, N.C., reported her missing around 5 a.m. Sunday after learning she had not been seen, police said.
Drexel met a friend from New York and three men Friday at Club Kryptonite, according to a police report. She briefly met them again around midday Saturday on the beach, and again around 8 p.m. that night, police said.
The men said she left them to return to her traveling companions, who had a room at the Bar Harbour Hotel. Police said she never reached the hotel.
After arriving in Myrtle Beach, her mother, Dawn, is quoted as daying, “It’s not like my daughter to not call … and her clothes were still at the hotel room,” she said.
Brittanee Marie Drexel, 17,, is described as 5-feet tall, weighing approximately 103 pounds. She has brown, shoulder-length, straight hair and blue eyes.
If you have any info about Drexel, call the Myrtle Beach Police Department call (843) 918-1382.
She is not listed at the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) missing child registry nor at the NCMEC as a missing child.
Update: She is now listed as an Endangered Runaway at the NCMEC. Is it because she was in Myrtle Beach without permission or is she now considered missing because she ran away while there?
Myrtle Beach Police say they’re working with SLED and other agencies on several leads, but they aren’t speculating. NewsChannel 15 confirmed the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department assisted Myrtle Beach in investigating one lead on Tuesday, though they wouldn’t elaborate.Cpt. David Knipes with Myrtle Beach Police Department couldn’t answer many specifics on Tuesday but said they aren’t ruling anything out.“Until you actually have a person and know they’re OK, you can’t rule anything out. You know, it could be anything from being a runaway to an abduction. We just don’t know right now,” said Knipes.
(Webster, N.Y./Myrtle Beach) – A young man from Webster has been questioned in the disappearance of a Chili teen in Myrtle Beach.Police say Peter Broswick is considered a person of interest in the case.Broswick has retained a local attorney and is not speaking.Broswick was the last known person to see Brittanee Drexel Saturday night.
Note (correction): The last known person to have seen her being questioned by police is said to be Peter Brozowitz. His His attorney, John Parrinello says he is cooperating with police.
Update 04-29-09: Chili teen possibly seen on S.C. bus today
Police in Myrtle Beach today are investigating a report that Brittanee Drexel was seen on a bus in South Carolina this morning.
Drexel, who was reported missing over the weekend while in Myrtle Beach on spring break, was “supposedly seen by people on a bus” that traveled from Georgetown, S.C., to Myrtle Beach, S.C., said Capt. David Knipes of the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
Someone on the bus this morning called police to say that a young woman, believed to be Drexel, exited the bus near the Bar Harbor Motel in Myrtle Beach about 8:35 a.m. today, he said. A few more people confirmed the possible sighting.
The young woman was wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt, a blue shirt, light-colored blue jeans and crocs, Knipes said.
Update 04-30-09: Police locate woman reported in sighting of missing teen
There was a possible sighting of Drexel Wednesday morning, when someone reported seeing a girl matching Drexel’s description getting off a bus in Myrtle Beach that came from Georgetown.The Myrtle Beach Police Department has located the young woman, who witnesses reported was possibly Ms. Drexel. (Wednesday 4-29-09).
Myrtle Beach Police can confirm that this woman is NOT Ms. Drexel
Update 05-02-09:Cell phone signal leads crews to search river
It has been one week since a Chili teenager went missing. Brittanee Drexel was last seen leaving a hotel where a group of friends were staying.
For the second day, crews are searching a river and highway 30 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Police say a cell phone signal led them to that spot. Police say Drexel’s phone was not in use when it gave off its last signal on Sunday. Helicopters, search dogs and a crew of about 50 people scoured the area.
Update 05-04-09: Mom of Missing New York Teen: ‘She May Not Be Alive’
The mother of missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel thinks her daughter could be dead after going on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach against her wishes.
Dawn Drexel told WHEC News 10 in Rochester, N.Y. that her daughter would never run away.
“I seriously think someone took my daughter or she may not be alive,” Dawn Drexel said.
The public is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers if they, or someone they know, have any information regarding the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, or of any other crimes, by phone at 1-888-274-6372 (1-888-CRIME-SC), or on the web at http://www.5541111.com. Anonymous text tips can be sent to Crimes Stoppers by starting a new text message to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “CSL”. All contact remains anonymous and tipsters could earn a reward up to $1000.
Update 05-09-09: N.Y. pastor offers additional $10,000 for info on missing teen
An Albany, N.Y., pastor has offered to pitch in $10,000 of his own money to up the reward for information regarding Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old from Rochester, N.Y.Pastor Charles Muller of Victory Christian Church said he regularly works with teens in his community through mission centers and anti-violence projects. However, when he read about Drexel, who went missing April 25 during a trip to Myrtle Beach, it hit close to home.
Update 05-14-09: There is no updated information being provided by authorities. Hopefully, her disappearance won’t follow the same timeline of missing Escondido, Ca. teen, Amber Dubois, resulting in asking for assistance after four months.
ESCONDIDO – Escondido police plan to ask the FBI to review the case of missing 14-year-old Amber Dubois over the next few weeks as the investigation enters its fourth month, a spokesman said.
After meeting with the Amber’s parents Wednesday morning, police decided to invite the FBI and the nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to review about 15 binders of documents, Lt. Craig Carter said.
“It makes sense, we have no issue with that,” Carter said. “We will reach out to both those agencies.”
Police are investigating a possible sighting at a gas station of missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Capt. David Knipes said detectives are reviewing surveillance camera footage from a Scotchman convenience store at a gas station in Socastee, S.C., after a woman fitting 17-year-old Drexel’s description was reported to have been there Thursday morning.
The Brittanee look-alike used the ATM about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, left the station’s store and then drove away in a red Dodge Stratus with New York license plates, Knipes said.
The vehicle’s plate number is EJS-9543.
Update 07-06-09: Possible break in Brittanee Drexel search
News 10NBC has learned that there could be a break in the search for Chili missing teen Brittanee Drexel. Her mother, Dawn Drexel, told us Sunday that police in South Carolina, ”Do have some leads they’re working on right now. But that’s all I can disclose.”
“I think we’re very close,” she said.
Update 07-09-09: S.C. Police say “no new leads” with Brittanee Drexel
Police in Myrtle Beach, S.C. say they have no new leads in the search for missing missing Chili teen Brittanee Drexel.
Responding to Drexel’s mother Dawn Drexel, Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall told News 10NBC, “I’m not sure what Mrs. Drexel is referring to, but while we are actively investigating the missing person status of her daughter, we have no new leads at this time.”
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